Deming, New Mexico, September 17. – The first battalion of the fifth Nebraska infantry arrived at Camp Cody at midnight Sunday, all men well and in fine spirits. Major Otis E. Davis, of Auburn Nebraska, said the conduct of the outfit was exemplary, there was no sickness and the boys were eager to get busy with the training for the big movement to France. All the sixth Nebraska, Col. Phil Hall commanding, arrived here this morning. Bakery company No. 45 left Sunday night for foreign service. It has 101 men. – The El Paso Herald – September 17, 1917
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March 18, 2011
Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, November 24 – Major R. M. Pederson and Captain G. J. Thomas, of the medical corps, were called to Silver City to attend Miss Eleanor Bullock, daughter of Major E. S. Bullock, also of the medical corps here. The young woman suffered a broken collarbone on the right side when a horse she was riding fell. She is reported as resting comfortably. – The El Paso Herald – November 24-25, 1917
March 12, 2011
The officers of the 34th Division have resolved to adopt the two little children of Lieut. Jean Jegou, who was drowned last Friday night when the car in which he was riding with Lieut. Fernand Herbert and Sgt Ernest Picard was swept over a canyon twelve miles south of Silver City. The two little ones live in France with their widowed mother. Each of the eleven hundred officers in the 34th Division will be asked to contribute $10 which will be placed in a fund to be invested to provide a life income for the two children. It is probable that the money will be invested in Liberty Bonds. Brigadier General John A. Johnston, commanding the 34th ; Major H.M. Nelly, division adjutant, and Major C. B. Robbins, adjutant to the 67th infantry brigade, have been appointed a committee to have charge of the money and to see to the investment of it. It has been suggested that the people of Deming, New Mexico should also contribute to the fund that has been started by the soldiers of the division, and the suggestion is meeting with a great deal of favor in every quarter. – Deming Headlight Newspaper August 2, 1918
March 4, 2011
Lieut. Fernand Herbert, instructor in light artillery at Camp Cody; Lieut. Jean Jegou, instructor in grenade work, both members of the French military mission to the United States, were drowned last Friday night when the car in which they were riding was swept down a flooded arroya twelve miles south of Silver City and dropped over a high bluff. Sgt Ernest Picard, belonging to Motor Truck Co. No. 350, who was driving the car in which the French officers were riding, was also drowned.
Lieutenants Herbert and Jegou had motored to Tyrone on Friday to visit some friends and were returning to Deming when they reached the arroyo. As they attempted to cross the weight of the water swept their car about thirty yards down stream and then carried it over a canyon about fifty feet high. All three occupants of the car were drowned. Picard’s body was found close to the spot where the car went over the canyon, but the others were carried to points further south, Jegou’s body being recovered at the Spaulding siding, nineteen miles from the scene of the tragedy, while Herbert’s body was found at Whitewater creek, five miles south of the place where the accident happened.
As soon as word of the accident was received here on Friday night, a detail of military police, under Col. N. P. Hyatt, hurried to render what aid they could in recovering the bodies. An ambulance was also sent out and members of the headquarters troop also made the trip. Lieutenant Col. J. R. Lee, division quartermaster; Lieutenant Col. J. T. Sayles, division ordnance officer, and Major C. B. Dobbins, adjutant of the 67th brigade, were detailed by division headquarters to proceed to the scene of the accident and investigate it. Capt. Marcel Clavel, the ranking officer of the French detachment at Camp Cody; Major Brown of the British mission, and Lieutenant Col. Hugh H. McGee were also on the scene.
Both the deceased officers were married, Lieutenant Jegou leaving a widow and two children in France, and Lieutenant Herbert being survived by a widow in France. They had each seen three years’ service in the thickest of the fighting in Europe and Lieutenant Jegou had also served for a number of years in the French navy. Since coming to Camp Cody both officers had earned the esteem of the American officers and men with whom they were associated in the training of the American troops, and the regret that is felt at their untimely and tragic death is deep and sincere.
Sergeant Picard came to Camp Cody from Worcester, Mass., and had been detailed to act as chauffeur for the French officers on account of his knowledge of the language. He is said to have been a naturalizes American citizen of French-Canadian descent and was the most valued non-coms in his organization. – Deming Headlight Newspaper – August 2, 1918